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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

March 16, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“Testimonies from survivors confirm that rape was extremely widespread and that thousands of women were individually raped, gang-raped or tortured with crude objects being inserted in their private parts. These crimes were frequently part of a pattern in which Tutsi women were raped after they had witnessed the torture and killings of their relatives and the destruction and looting of their homes. According to witnesses, many women were killed immediately after being raped” (para 25).
March 13, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The UN documented over 100 incidents of sexual violence against girls" (para 16).
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“In 2012 an Indian student was violently raped on a moving bus in Delhi and died of horrific internal injuries” (para 1). “One of the men I interviewed, Gaurav, had raped a five-year-old girl. I spent three hours filming his interview as he recounted in explicit detail how he had muffled her screams with his big hand” (para 15).
Feb. 13, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“Yazgül Yılmaz v. Turkey (1 February 2011): In this case the applicant complained that, at the age of 16, she was sexually harassed while in police detention. She was given a gynaecological examination – unaccompanied and without her or her guardian’s consent – to verify whether her hymen had been broken. After being acquitted and released, she suffered from post-traumatic stress and depression. Her allegations of assault in custody were largely corroborated by subsequent medical examinations. No disciplinary proceedings were brought against the prison doctors concerned. The Court noted that that the law at that time did not provide the necessary safeguards concerning examinations of female detainees and that additional...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“W. v. Slovenia (no. 24125/06) (23 January 2014): This case concerned criminal proceedings against a group of men who had raped the applicant in April 1990, when she was 18 years old. The applicant complained in particular that the long delays in the criminal proceedings had been in breach of the State’s obligation to effectively prosecute the criminal offences committed against her. While she was awarded compensation at national level for the distress she suffered as a result of the lengthy proceedings, she considered that the amount of 5,000 euros paid to her could not be regarded as sufficient redress. The Court held that there had been a procedural violation...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“Maslova and Nalbandov v. Russia (24 January 2008): The applicant, who had been called in for questioning at her local police station, was coerced by police officers into confessing to involvement in a murder. One police officer put thumb cuffs on her, beat her, raped her and then forced her to perform oral sex. Subsequently he and another officer repeatedly hit her in the stomach, put a gas mask over her face, blocking the air to suffocate her, and ran electricity through wires attached to her earrings. When allowed to go to the lavatory, she tried to cut the veins of her wrists. Three prosecution officers, after interrogating her at...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1

“E.B. v. Romania (no. 49089/10) (19 March 2019 (Committee judgment)): The applicant complained that the Romanian authorities had failed to investigate her allegation of rape properly and had breached their duty to provide effective legal protection against sexual abuse. She submitted tha[t] the authorities had also failed to protect her as a victim of crime as she had not had legal assistance or counselling and had been exposed to trauma which had violated her personal integrity during the criminal proceedings. The Court held that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, GIC-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

“P. and S. v. Poland (no. 57375/08) (30 October 2012): The applicants were a daughter and her mother. In 2008, at the age of fourteen, the first applicant became pregnant after being raped. The applicants complained in particular about the absence of a comprehensive legal framework guaranteeing the first applicant’s timely and unhindered access to abortion under the conditions set out by the applicable laws, and about the disclosure of information about the case to the public. They further complained that the first applicant’s removal from the custody of her mother and placement in a juvenile shelter and later in a hospital had been unlawful, and submitted that the circumstances...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“M. and Others v. Italy and Bulgaria (no. 40020/03) (31 July 2012): The applicants, of Roma origin and Bulgarian nationality, complained that, having arrived in Italy to find work, their daughter was detained by private individuals at gunpoint, was forced to work and steal, and sexually abused at the hands of a Roma family in a village. They also claimed that the Italian authorities had failed to investigate the events adequately. The Court declared the applicants’ complaints under Article 4 (prohibition of slavery and forced labour) inadmissible as being manifestly ill-founded. It found that there had been no evidence supporting the complaint of human trafficking. However, it found that the...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“In that case, the six-year-old victim, Zainab Fatima Ameen, had been attacked by a 24-year-old man who went on to confess to her rape and murder. Authorities in Kasur also uncovered a massive paedophilia ring in 2015. In a scandal that rocked the country, at least 280 children were sexually abused by a gang who blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos” (para 10-12).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“A Barcelona court acquitted five men accused of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl yesterday after ruling that the defendants ‘were able to commit sexual acts without using any type of violence or intimidation’” (para 1). “The horrific crime, which took place in an abandoned factory building in Manresa, a municipality in Barcelona, happened on October 29, 2016. The defendants were accused of taking turns raping the victim who accused the main defendant, a man named Bryan Andres, of telling his friends they had ‘15 minutes each’ to take turns raping her while he brandished a handgun” (para 4). “The case mirrors a similar case in Pamplona last year that caused widespread...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Every day, hundreds of women living at the United Nations base in Bentiu risk rape so they can feed their children" (para 1). "Yet groups responding to sexual violence in Bentiu have managed to document a sharp increase in rape cases since April. 'We had focus groups of over 100 women and in every focus group rape was consistently mentioned as the most pressing fear among women here, especially when they're leaving the camp to collect firewood,' says Sinead Murray of the International Rescue Committee, the NGO agency coordinating sexual violence response in Bentiu" (para 20-21).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 22-year-old woman in Rawalpindi district in Pakistan’s Punjab province reported to police that four men had abducted her at gunpoint and raped her. Most disturbingly, she alleged that three of the four assailants were police officers" (para 1). "This is one of several recent incidents in which Pakistani police – the very people who should be tackling rape and protecting the public – have been accused of committing sexual violence. In April 2019, an assistant sub-inspector of police was charged with raping a woman in Bahawalpur district, Punjab. The woman had earlier gone to the police station to report that she had been gang raped, but says that the...more
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The Committee is concerned about 6,097 incidents of sexual and other forms of gender-based violence reported from late August 2017 to late March 2018 and that, between 22 and 28 October 2017 alone, 306 cases of gender-based violence were reported, 96 per cent of which involved emergency medical-care services. The Committee notes that those figures can only be indicative of the overall dire situation, given that many victims/survivors do not report such crimes” (pp. 8).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:34 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"More than 12 Cameroonian girls living in settlements in Adagom and Okende told Al Jazeera that they are regularly sexually harassed by men" (para 15).
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The night after their wedding, Eren stood over Nur in a dusky Mediterranean hotel, 'You are old enough! Get ready to fuck or I will send you back to the camp!'" (para 2). "A friend of Eren’s married a Syrian woman last year who he said was pious and subservient. Wanting the same, Eren pursued an arranged marriage with Nur, promising her escape from the Kilis Camp on Turkey’s southern border. After he raped her repeatedly on their honeymoon, Nur fled, taking shelter at her brother’s house. But Nur says the stigma of divorce for Syrian women is unbearable, and so she prepares to reconcile with Eren" (para 3). "Eren...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the: (a) Stark increase in violent crimes against women, especially rape and abduction, and the high number of cases of rape reported by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2012, indicating an increase by 902.1 per cent since 1971, and continuing impunity for such acts" (3).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Reports indicate that 25% of rape cases are perpetrated against women with disability, and up to 90% of women with an intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual abuse" (22-23).
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Officers say he confessed to having raped more than 40 women in a year, including girls as young as 10, married women, and an 80-year-old woman. It comes as Nigeria's Minister of Women's Affairs called on law enforcement to speed up rape investigations after an 'alarming' spike in cases during the country's coronavirus lockdown" (para 3-4). "She said that rape cases had recently increased by a factor of three, because 'women and children are locked down with their abusers'" (para 11). "There has been a recent wave of rapes and killing of women in Nigeria, which have led to a national outcry, with thousands signing a petition and using the...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-1

"The last major survey on family violence in Mexico, conducted in 2016, found that for approximately every 100 women aged 15 years and over who have had a partner or husband, 42 of the married women and 59 of the separated, divorced, or widowed women have experienced situations of emotional or economic abuse, or physical or sexual violence during their current or last relationship—a clear indication of women’s overall vulnerability to security risks of all kinds" (para 2).
Jan. 27, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“A 14-year-old, deaf and mute girl was gang-raped and murdered with bricks and stones at her own school in India” (para. 1). “India was classified the most dangerous place for women in 2018 because of its high levels of domestic and sexual violence. The Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 550 global experts made the classification based on the 33,356 rapes and 89,097 assaults that year” (para. 9-10). “Only six days ago local media reported on a 17-year-old girl who was drugged and sexually assaulted by two of her boyfriend's friends after she eloped with him” (para. 11). “On August 21 a police charge sheet revealed horrific details about the rape...more
Jan. 26, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

“Instances of gender-based violence among women in Equatorial Guinea are very high. This includes domestic violence and sexual assaults. In 2011, 63 percent of women 15 and older had suffered some form of violence, with 32 percent being victims of sexual assault. The cultural acceptance of gender-based violence lowers the number of victim reports and legal prosecutions” (para 5).
Jan. 26, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

In a table entitled “The figures everyone should see: Domestic Violence in Australia,” it states that “(3) 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15, and (4) 85% of Australian women have been sexually harassed.”
Jan. 1, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The governor of Nigeria's Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration. Anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty under the new legislation. It follows public anger over a recent increase of rapes amid Covid-19 restrictions, which prompted the nation's state governors to declare a state of emergency” (para. 1-3). “Reported cases of rape in Nigeria have risen dramatically during the months of coronavirus restrictions” (para. 5).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Such cases are not aberrant in Pakistan’s history. In fact, these two cases mirror the turmoil and pain and anguish that hundreds of victims of sexual abuse undergo every year" (para 6).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"For rape, out of some 28,700 rape cases reported between 2005 and 2014, only about 3 percent saw guilty verdicts, the report showed" (para 5).
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRW-DATA-1

“The law in the West African nation had carried a maximum penalty of 15 years, with no minimum sentencing requirement. Advocates say one man convicted of raping a 13-year-old served only 24 hours last year” (para 11).
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

""Of critical importance, internationals discovered that even though Qadhafi had used sexual violence as a strategic tactic of terror for decades, the International Commission of Inquiry (ICC) “did not find documented evidence to substantiate claims of widespread sexual violence... such as to amount to crimes against humanity" during the revolution. Neither the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, nor the U.S. Army, detected evidence of an escalation into mass rape" (4).
Dec. 18, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“India has a dismal reputation for sex crimes with nearly 34,000 rapes reported every year despite tough new laws introduced in recent years” (para. 12).
Dec. 9, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

An 86-year old grandmother was raped and assaulted by a 33-year-old man in India after he lured her out of her home by offering to take her to buy milk after claiming that the regular milk delivery was not coming (ERD-CODER COMMENT). “India was classified the most dangerous place for women in 2018 because of its high levels of domestic and sexual violence” (para 12). “The Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of 550 global experts made the classification based on the 33,356 rapes and 89,097 assaults that year” (para 13). “In 2017, there were as many as 90 rapes reported to police every day, according to government data” (para 14). “Rape...more